12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  26​h
1
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Nantou
— 2 nights
3
Taipei
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hualien
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Ai He (Love River) and then explore the galleries of The Pier-2 Art Centre. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), then stop by Hayashi Department Store, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung custom trip planner.

Newark, USA to Kaohsiung is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Kaohsiung is 13 hours. Traveling from Newark in April, expect Kaohsiung to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Nantou.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tainan, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Hayashi Department Store ©
Hayashi Department Store

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Wen Wu Temple, then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paper Dome. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yichung Shopping Street, then admire the landmark architecture of Wanchungong, then look for gifts at Parklane, and finally steep yourself in history at Lukang.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nantou trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kaohsiung to Nantou in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Taichung, Lukang
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Lukang ©
Lukang
Wenwu Temple ©
Wenwu Temple

3
nights
Taipei

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ximen Red House - Ximending and Dihua Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and National Palace Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Xinbei (Fulung Beach & Wulai). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ximending, look for gifts at Ningxia Nightmarket, take in panoramic vistas at Taipei 101, and don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Nantou to Taipei in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. In April, daytime highs in Taipei are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

New Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Hualien Railway Cultural Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ching-Shui Cliff, and then trek along Taroko Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Mukumugi Valley and then grab your bike and head to Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hualien travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and taxi from Taipei to Hualien takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Mukumugi Valley ©
Mukumugi Valley
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road ©
Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road

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